A reality check about computer labs at public schools

Wednesday, October 16, 2013

My co-founder and I at Playmation Studios are exploring how our English language learning program can be used in schools, so I spent a few weeks interviewing teachers and administrators, culminating my experience with an observation of a computer lab at E.R. Taylor Elementary School in San Francisco.

We want our software to be used by the largest number of students as possible, students who might not otherwise have access to our programs because they don’t have a computer at home. At the end of 2010, 23% of homes still did not have a computer, according to a report by the Economics and Statistics Administration. As our program focuses on reading and auditory comprehension, I imagined our tool could be particularly useful for struggling ESL students.

The truth, however, is that a large number of our students in this country, particularly elementary school students in public schools, only have real access to computers once a week when they visit a computer lab.

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